Former Ohio State football player Jaelen Gill will transfer to Boston College, he announced Tuesday on Twitter.


The Golden Eagles are coached by Jeff Hafley, who was the Buckeyes’ defensive co-coordinator in 2019.


Gill was a blue-chip recruit in 2018 after a standout career at Westerville South but struggled to make an impact in two seasons at Ohio State. He seemed to have a new opportunity this spring with hopes of succeeding K.J. Hill as a slot receiver.


Instead, spring practice ended after only three practices because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Gill announced on April 22 that he would transfer.


Gill caught six passes for 51 yards and a touchdown in six games last year. He was left off the travel roster for the game at Michigan. Gill acknowledged the inconsistency that kept him from having a bigger role.


“I’ll have a real good week of practice, then I’ll have a bad practice and it’ll set me back,” he said then. “I’ve just got to keep getting better and better. And keep learning.”


Gill retained his redshirt in 2018 while playing in two games. He acknowledged last December that learning patience, especially as a hometown player, was difficult.


“It’s definitely a little pressure there, coming out of high school and being a local guy,” he said. “Going back home, people ask me what’s going on, blah, blah. But I’ve just got to try to stay positive.”


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